World Bank warns on debt

  The World Bank has warned African governments, including Malawi, to borrow responsibly or risk their public debts reaching unmanageable proportions with the structure changing from concessional to market loans. Briefing the media from Washington yesterday via teleconference monitored at the World Bank office in Lilongwe, World Bank chief economist for the Africa Region Albert…

Civil servant in K100m pension scam

  An information technology (IT) programmer at the Accountant General’s Department is in police custody for allegedly swindling about K100 million from the government through the creation of fake pension accounts. The development comes at a time when the government has revamped the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis) after a lapse in the…

Political Parties law not yet in force

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is yet to develop regulations to support the Political Parties Act President Peter Mutharika assented to earlier this year to regulate political party financing and ban handouts before and during the electoral cycle. The law, among other things, compels political parties to disclose to the registrar of political parties…

Being Vice-President of Malawi really is a thankless job as it has been observed in the past administrations. It is not a position that any politician should attempt to vie for but it is the express route to being president of the country, one day. Unfortunately, history tells us that in the ruling party political…

APM fit to contest in 2019—State House

President Peter Mutharika is healthy and fit to contest in the 2019 Tripartite Elections as presidential candidate for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The State House said this in reaction to former first lady Callista Mutharika’s sentiments that her in-law, Peter Mutharika, in his 80s, is old and that the DPP should put Vice-President…

As the days get closer to May, 2019, chances are high that the levels of political violence will escalate and political alignments will be the order of the day. In all this, any right-minded thinking politician would do well to leave certain groups in society out of the political playground that will become even dirtier…

IG Kachama breaks silence

Retiring Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General (IG) Lexten Kachama has broken the silence on his replacement, stating that he has gone on leave pending his retirement in June this year. In a telephone interview in Lilongwe yesterday, Kachama ruled out joining politics, but indicated that in his retirement he would venture into farming or…

Police shake-up  Stirs confusion

  President Peter Mutharika’s replacement of Malawi Police Service (MPS) Inspector General (IG) Lexten Kachama with Rodney Jose in an acting capacity has stirred confusion with a legal scholar observing that the Constitution does not provide for the position. In an interview yesterday in the wake of the developments announced by the Office of the…

Drug theft  ring busted

  Drug pilferage is refusing to die in public hospitals as a joint operation between Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Dowa District Health Office (DHO) has busted a multi-million kwacha drug theft syndicate involving civil servants and security guards. The Dowa incident has come against a background of multifaceted efforts by the Malawi Government and…

When the ill-fated dialogue session between the Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe and the leadership of some civil society organisations (CSOs) did not produce the desired results, it went without mention that the next course of action would be going to the streets. Sadly, going to the streets and that demonstration of the right to…

Parties commit to increasing  women participation

  A selected number of political parties in the country have made commitments to increase the participation of women in politics ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections with support of the 50:50 Malawi Campaign. The 50-50 Campaign Management Agency, a consortium of civil society organisations (CSOs) running the campaign, on Tuesday held an interaction dinner with…

  At last check, Malawi was rated among the countries with the highest levels of corruption. Now, it might have taken a whole three day conference for some sectors in society to discuss what constitutes corruption, but the matter of fact is the vice exists. The rampant looting that occurred in 2013 where it later…

Review Fisp, green belt—Experts

  Participants to the second leg of the Pre-Budget Consultations Meetings have challenged government to improve on implementation of resilience policies to respond to weather shocks such as dry spells which have negatively affected agricultural production. In their contributions in Lilongwe yesterday, Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) and Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) said the…

ACB scrutinising 67 Cashgate files

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau says it has received 67 files so far based on the forensic audit covering the period 2009 to 2014 which found that K236 billion could not be accounted for in government books. The forensic audit found that about five family-owned companies were winning contracts through restricted tender and single source procurement;…

Khato Civils contract under ACB probe

  The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has confirmed receiving a complaint on the contract awarded to Khato Civils Limited for the Salima-Lilongwe Water Supply Project which seeks to improve water supply to the capital city. But the graft-busting body said investigations into the complaint are yet to start. This will not be the first time for…

RBM confirms clearing Cashgate cheques

  Two officials from the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) have told the court that they cleared cheques worth billions of kwacha during the Cashgate period between April and September 2013 based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The officials said the MoU between the government, commercial banks and the central bank expressly gave instructions…

  If there was a time for the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to pull out all the stops and step forward as the best option for governing this country, it is now. Unfortunately, there is very little chance of MCP to clean up its dented image and usurp the position that the Democratic Progressive…

  The Graca Machel Trust (GMT) has graduated about 54 women entrepreneurs from a 10-month Women Creating Wealth (WCW) programme that seeks to identify and build capacity for women to grow and lead more prosperous businesses. The women are all business owners in the sectors of agriculture, education and manufacturing and were provided with a…